Tips for Raising Low-tech Kids in Today’s High-Tech World

 

As a parent, you know it’s not easy to raise low-tech children in today’s media-saturated age. Mobile devices, such as tablets, laptops, and smartphones are frequently and regularly used by most people—even by kids. Although some parents say that total abstinence from gadgets is almost impossible, especially with the convenience they provide, it’s possible to limit your kids’ usage while still reaping the benefits of these devices. Here are some parenting tips to help you with that.

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  1. Encourage Sharing Among Your Kids

As much as possible, do not buy your kids individual tablets. Although this may cause bickering at some point, it also means limited time for each child to use the device, which is your goal to raising a less tech-dependent child. You can also use this opportunity to teach your kids the value of sharing.

  1. Exercise Parental Control

Installing apps is quite easy, even for younger children, so make sure you have control over your children’s gadget. Before installing any app, take it for a test drive first. This allows you to evaluate whether an app is kid-friendly or not. Common Sense Media is one of the best websites that rates books, movies, TV shows, music games, and apps according to how appropriate they are for children. You can use this website to help you evaluate and look for apps that are appropriate for kids.

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  1. Set a Schedule

Whether your child has his own gadget or borrows yours, limit the time he can use it. Experts recommend a maximum of two hours for children ages three to eight, but feel free to reduce the time as you see fit. Whatever schedule you agreed upon with your children, make sure that they understand it and be vigilant in making sure that such rule is followed.

  1. Be a Good Example

This is perhaps the most difficult tip among the four. If your kids can see you spending lesser time with your gadgets, it’ll be easier for them to do the same. When you put down your gadgets and choose to spend time with your children doing other activities, such as doing crafts, reading books, or playing, you’re also encouraging them to forget about using their tablets and that person-to-person interaction is still more valuable than being glued to their gadgets.

Technology have undoubtedly provided many benefits and changed how we do things. However, while these devices are essential for adults, the same can’t be said for children. Children need various kinds of physical and mental activities, which are essential for their growth, and spending too much time on gadgets may this development. Like everything else though, moderation is the key. Supervise the use of gadgets by using the aforementioned tips, and you will never have to worry about your kids being excessively dependent on technology.

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How to Cultivate Our Child’s Self-Esteem  

 

When a grown-up loses self-esteem, the foundation is not that strong. It is therefore important that we cultivate our children’s self-esteem so they can go placidly amidst the chaos and the trouble. When we hear of self-esteem, it refers to a person’s respect for his/her self and their abilities. Other people also understand self-esteem as a satisfaction and confidence in oneself.

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It is safe to say that self-esteem is the armour that can shield our children against the world. If our children know their weaknesses and strengths, they can handle conflicts at the same time shunning negative pressures. For children with low self-esteem, they will find it difficult to avoid anxiety and frustration. As parents, we just want to make sure that our children grow happy, worthy and unafraid.

It is important that we help cultivate self-esteem early on so there can be changes. Once our children reach adulthood with self-esteem issues, it is difficult to help them. Maintaining balanced self-esteem is effective if we start early. Our goal here is to make our children realize their capabilities and maintain a positive perception about their selves.

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So, how do we know if our child has low or healthy self-esteem? Well, a person with low self-esteem often speaks about “I’m stupid” or “What’s the point?” A person with healthy self-esteem often speaks of “I do not understand” because only a person who knows their capabilities can say this without belittling others and themselves. They just accept them and move forward.

If we think our kids have low self-esteem, it is time that we act. Here are some ways to cultivate their self-esteem:

  • Let us be careful of what we say: Children tend to be overly sensitive. With this, we have to be careful of what we say because it might create a lasting effect on them. Let us always remember to give praise instead of constantly pushing them to do even better.
  • Let us be a positive role model: We cannot talk about self-esteem if we are harsh about ourselves. Our children will eventually take after us so it is crucial that we become a positive role model by boosting our self-esteem.
  • Let us be affectionate: Not all parents realize that affection can create a lasting impact. The love that we show to our kids can boost their self-esteem. We should continually give hugs and tell them that we are proud of them no matter what. It is our responsibility to create a loving and safe home environment.

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